Pittsfield NH News

June 22, 2011


Those Celebrating Birthdays are: June 22, Robby Welch, Linda St. Laurent; June 23, June Teloian, Peter Yelle, Walter Bond, Jr.; June 26, Jamie Munn; June 27, Glenn McLaughlin, Mark Portigue, Sydney Snell; June 28, Elaine Wallace, Theresa Gadoury, Jenamarie Boston.

A Very Happy Birthday To One and All!

Celebrating Anniversaries are: June 22, Mark and Tanya Portigue; June 23, Rob and Debra Richardson; June 27, Dave and Betty Sweet.

Best Wishes!


The number of Commercial District parking spaces in Ted Mitchell’s Planning Board letter last week was incorrectly printed as ten (10); the correct number should have read one hundred one (101)

Celebrate the “Gift of Life” and come to the American Red Cross Blood Drive being held Thursday, June 30th, at the Pittsfield Elementary School on Bow Street from 1 pm to 6 pm.  Walk-ins are welcome, appointments are accepted by calling 1-800-Red-Cross to schedule.  Childcare is provided.  Positive ID is required of donors.

This time, incentives offered are a $5.00 gift certificate to Panera Bread; a coupon for a FREE 24 pack of Pure Spring Water at participating Walgreens and a $10 off coupon for the M/S Mount Washington Cruise Line.

Be part of something amazing.  One donation can save three lives!  This drive is sponsored by the Pittsfield PTO.

Abigayle Mae Cheney was graduated recently, with honors, from Colby-Sawyer College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing.  During her years there she was named  to the Deans List for Academic Achievement and she is a member of the National Honor Society.  Abigayle is the daughter of Douglas Cheney of Alton and Teri Cheney of Plainfield.  She is the granddaughter of Pearl Cheney of Pittsfield.  She is currently employed at Dartmouth Hitchcock in Hanover and will be taking her State Boards for her RN the end of this month.  Eventually, she hopes to continue studies for her Masters in Nursing and then on to Nurse Practitioner.

This summer the PES Cafeteria will host the USDA summer meals program, which provides FREE breakfast and lunch to children and youth, 18 years of age and younger.  The program begins  June 27th and runs through Friday, August 26th (closed July 4).  Breakfast will be served from 8:15 am – 9:00 am.  Lunch will be served from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm.  Look for menus around town or on our web site.    USDA is an equal opportunity provider.



Letter to the Editor

A sad day for the Town of Pittsfield and the people who love this “Gem of the Suncook Valley.”  Fireworks for the Rotary Club’s 30th Annual Hot Air Balloon Rally have been cancelled, an event celebrating 30 years of a community coming together, welcoming visitors from all over, to write yet another chapter in Pittsfield’s history book.

Why?  Irreverence to those buried at Floral Park Cemetery?  Too much noise?  Litter?  Too many people having the time of their lives, watching millions of “stars” explode on a glorious summer’s night?

Would the opposing folks also dismiss the “noise” of taps played for service men/women who have served our country proud? Ban a 21-gun salute?  The fly-over at the Thyng Memorial dedication?  Are they simply concerned with preserving the dignity of the dead, and not celebrating the lives of those who have buried them?

Many a Rotarian is buried at Floral Park, men and women who worked hard to bring visitors to this town – and with them, much needed revenue.  Every year, I hear –  “going to the fireworks? Last year was the best!”

When Sunday morning comes, those Rotarians and their volunteers, who already have spent countless hours working rally weekend, have every piece of litter removed, leaving no sign that thousands of people were our guests just the day before.

My father, A.J. Daroska, was a proud Rotarian.  He would be the first to say there is no disrespect by igniting fireworks from the cemetery grounds, life goes on and those left behind need cause for celebration.

These few negative people who are preventing a major draw to this year’s 30th anniversary rally need to think twice about why they have caused dismay, disbelief and sadness to so many people – and their own people of Pittsfield.

Martha Moloy



Pittsfield Ethics Committee Training

The Pittsfield Ethics Committee will conduct town wide training on July 11th or the 13th at 7 pm in the Town Hall conference room on the Pittsfield Code of Ethics as required by the Pittsfield Code of Ethics.  As required by The Code, this training will be for all new employees (full and part time) who were hired in 2010 and 2011.  In addition the following Town Officials that were elected and/or appointed in 2010 and 2011 must also attend.  This training is mandatory in accordance with The Pittsfield Code of Ethics; names of those not attending will be identified to either the Board of Selectmen or their Department head.  Each person attending will receive a copy of the entire Code of Ethics.  Questions can be directed to Merrill Vaughan, Chair, Pittsfield Ethics Committee at 435-5207 or his cell at 344-0264.




The Officers and members of Pittsfield Fire-Rescue were pleased to receive delivery of a new forestry truck on Monday, June 6th.  The 2011 Ford F550 was secured through a $125,000 FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant to purchase the vehicle and associated equipment.  This truck replaces a 1954 military surplus unit that had been serving as the forestry unit in Pittsfield for over 30 years.



 Department personnel training on the new forestry truck at the boat launch.



Local NH Couple Celebrates 5 Years of Ministry in Rwanda, Africa


Rich and Robin Smyth, former residents of Pittsfield, Derry and Raymond, NH, have spent the last five years living an adventure most people only dream about.  After hosting a Rwandan man in their Pittsfield home for five months, they decided to make a visit to this tiny country in central Africa.  The desire to extend the love of Christ to the people of Rwanda grew and blossomed.   In 2005 the Smyths sold their home, packed up their four children and founded Tent Makers of Rwanda (TMoR), a non-profit Christian ministry. 

Rwanda, still struggling to regain its equilibrium fifteen years after the infamous genocide, is a land of opportunity--opportunity for those who want to make a difference in people’s lives. Tent Makers of Rwanda has done that by offering Christian discipleship paired with vocational training to widows and orphans at TMoR’s Women’s Training Center.  Trauma counseling and classes in sexual purity, HIV awareness, English language, parenting, financial planning and team building are available in addition to the central Gospel message.  Abandoned women who had no hope now have hope as they work and study together.     

After five years of ministry which included a medical clinic for street boys, Phoenix Home for Women and a joint effort to launch Rwanda Meat Suppliers, the Smyths are now involved in two different agricultural training programs as well as The African Bagel Company (ABC), a promising new ministry model staffed by women from the training center. Tent Makers of Rwanda is committed to offering Rwandans a hand up, not a hand out. 

This summer Tent Makers of Rwanda is initiating a “Cups of Cold Coffee” fundraiser to purchase property for an expanded Women’s Training Center.  Please visit our website at www.TentMakersofRwanda.com or follow us on Facebook for more about our ministries and this fundraiser.  If you would like a representative from TMoR to do a short power point presentation for your church or civic group, please contact Diane Rider at 435-3124 or John Savioli at 664-7882 or drop us a line at our website.



State Removes Cyanobacteria Warning for

Jenness Pond, Northwood and Pittsfield, NH

The cyanobacteria cell concentration in Jenness Pond, Northwood and Pittsfield NH, is below the state standard of 50% of the total cells. As a result, the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES) has removed the cyanobacteria warning issued on June 8th. 

DES routinely monitors public beaches and public waters of the state for cyanobacteria. DES monitors public waters issued cyanobacteria warnings on a weekly basis until the cyanobacteria standards are again met.  Cyanobacteria are natural components of water bodies worldwide, but blooms and surface scums may form when excess phosphorus is available to the water.  Some cyanobacteria produce toxins that are stored within the cells but released upon cell death.  Toxins can cause both acute and chronic health effects that range in severity.  Acute health effects include irritation of skin and mucous membranes, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.  Chronic effects include liver and central nervous system damage.

Visit the DES Beach Program website at:

 http://des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/water/wmb/beaches/index.htm for photos and more information about cyanobacteria. Updates on advisories and warnings may be obtained at http://www2.des.state.nh.us/Advisories/Beaches/

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Caregiver Training

Submitted By Merrill A. Vaughann
Vice Commander American Legion Peterson-Cram Post 75
Pittsfield, NH 03263

More than 500 Family Caregivers who applied for new services offered to Post 9/11 Veterans and their caregivers through a program of comprehensive assistance for Family Caregivers by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) started their care-giving training June 9 and 10.

“There is no more valuable tool we can provide Family Caregivers than the knowledge and training needed to perform this highly demanding labor of love,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. “This training we provided in partnership with Easter Seals will meet this need and support Veterans and their Family Caregivers with services and benefits they have earned.” 

The core training, which was developed in collaboration with Easter Seals, is offered in traditional classroom settings, online or through home study with a DVD and workbook. The modules focus on the health and well-being of both the Veteran and the Family Caregiver.  The training includes information on Caregiver self-care, home safety, practical caregiving skills, providing personal care services to the Veteran, managing challenging behaviors and locating additional resources.

Family Caregivers attending the Easter Seals training will receive respite care for the Veteran under their care, as well as mileage reimbursement and lodging, if needed. A Spanish version of the training materials will also be available.  

Since May 9, more than 1,000 Family Caregivers have applied for the new services. The training program was developed by the Easter Seals in collaboration with VA clinical experts as part of a package of new services. The package also includes a stipend, mental health services and access to health care insurance, if they are not already entitled to care or services under a health plan.

Veterans may review the criteria for eligibility and download the Family Caregiver program application (VA CG 10-10) at www.caregiver.va.gov.

The application enables the Veteran to designate a primary Family Caregiver and secondary Family Caregivers.  Caregiver support coordinators are stationed at every VA medical center to assist with coordinating the training or assist caregivers in locating available services.

Support for all caregivers is also available via the National Caregiver Support Line at 1-855-260-3274. Caregivers of Veterans from all eras are also encouraged to use the Website (www.caregiver.va.gov) and support line to explore more than two dozen other services VA provides caregivers for their service.



Providing Permanent Housing To Homeless Vets
Submitted By Merrill A. Vaughan
Vice Commander American Legion Peterson-Cram Post 75
Pittsfield, NH 03263

U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki announced today that HUD will provide $5.4 million to public housing authorities in 18 states to supply permanent housing and case management for 676 homeless Veterans in America. This is the fourth and final round of the FY 2010 Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Program (HUD-VASH <http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/public_indian_housing/programs/hcv/vash> ) funding to support homeless Veterans. 

HUD-VASH is a coordinated effort by HUD, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and local housing authorities to provide permanent supportive housing for homeless Veterans.  For a local breakdown of the rental vouchers announced today, visit HUD’s website <http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/documents/huddoc?id=HUD-VASHPBVFY2010AWARDEES.PDF>.

“Our mission is to end Veterans’ homelessness,” said VA Secretary Shinseki.  “This effort is an excellent example of how VA works with HUD and our community partners in that shared mission. The project-based vouchers will provide dedicated permanent housing for Veterans and allow them to live in support of each other, as neighbors.” 

“As our young men and women return from Afghanistan and Iraq, they deserve to be treated with dignity and honor. Yet our nation’s Veterans are 50 percent more likely than the average American to become homeless,” said HUD Secretary Donovan. “These vouchers continue to get more of our Veterans off the streets and out of homeless shelters into permanent housing.”

The vouchers announced today are part of a set-aside of project-based vouchers HUD announced last September that would be competitively awarded to  housing authorities that received HUD-VASH vouchers in 2008, 2009 or 2010. Under HUD’s project-based voucher program, housing authorities can assign voucher assistance to specific housing units.

These vouchers will enable homeless Veterans to access affordable housing with an array of supportive services. 

This funding to local housing authorities is part of the Obama Administration’s strategy to end Veteran and long-term chronic homelessness by 2015.  Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness <http://www.usich.gov/PDF/FactSheetVeterans.pdf> serves as a roadmap for how the federal government will work with state and local agreements to confront the root causes of homelessness, especially among former Servicemen and women. 

The grants announced today are part of a $75 million investment to support the housing needs of homeless Veterans.  This is the fourth and final competitive round to allocate the remaining FY2010 HUD-VASH funding.  With today’s announcement, HUD will have funded 10,186 housing vouchers for homeless Veterans nationwide for 2010.  HUD will announce the 2011 HUD-VASH funding during the summer. VA Medical Centers provide supportive services and case management to eligible homeless Veterans.

Veterans are referred to the public housing authority for these vouchers, based upon a variety of factors, most importantly the need for and ability to benefit from supportive housing.  Supportive housing includes both financial help the voucher provides and the comprehensive case management that VAMC staff provides.

Veterans participating in the HUD-VASH program rent privately owned housing and generally contribute no more than 30 percent of their income toward rent. VA offers eligible homeless Veterans clinical and supportive services through its medical centers across the U.S., Guam and Puerto Rico.



Letter of Appreciation
Community Service at It’s Best

On May 20th, five senior students from Pittsfield High School visited Vintage Hill as a community project assignment. The efforts were headed up by Delina Lawrence, who arranged for Craig Paggi to play piano for the folks. Additionally, Brandon Patterson, Devin Berry and Crystal Lively accompanied in order to spend time getting acquainted with the residents. Of course, a little moral support goes a long way as well!

We were so blessed by the overall experience with these sweet teens! As for the entertainment, Craig played so phenomenally that we thought we had Liberace in our living room! Delina did a marvelous job of orchestrating the event. As for Crystal, Brandon and Devin, they were just plain all around great company! We truly hope the five of them are led to visit us again in the near future when they are able to muster up some free time. Craig, you are welcome to practice here anytime!

Our very best to you all in you future endeavors.

Most Sincerely,
Vintage Hill Family



Flower Planting At Lyman Park


Thanks to Jeff Huntington of Pleasant View Gardens, the Historical Society’s spring planting at Lyman Park went off without a hitch.  Jeff delivered hundreds of plants for us to adorn the walkways, the back wall and around trees.  This should look spectacular for Old Home Day come July and the Balloon Festival in August.  Assisting with the planting were fifteen members/spouses and children of the Pittsfield Historical Society.  It was a race to get all the flower beds prepared and planted before the rains arrived.   Again, a big thanks to Jeff for his wonderful donation of the beautiful flowers for the park.



F.B. Argue Recreation Area & Swimming Lessons

The F.B. Argue Recreation Area will open for the summer on June 24, 2011 (the last day of school for Pittsfield) at 1:00 PM.  This year we will be open Monday - Saturday from 12:00 - 5:00 PM and Sunday from 1:00- 5:00 with NO LIFEGUARD on duty. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday night we will stay open until 7:00 PM for families.  Children 11 years old or older must be accompanied by an adult during the night hours. All children under age 8 must be accompanied by an adult. We will be offering Red Cross swimming lessons again this summer.  Registration for swimming lessons will be held at the recreation area from 12-5 the week of June 21.  We will run three 2 week sessions (pending adequate enrollment). The dates for the sessions are as follows:

July 5th - July 15th (10:00 AM – Noon)
August 1st - August 12th (10:00 AM  - Noon)
July 18th –July 29th (5:30 – 7:00 PM)

The cost for the swimming lessons for residents is $10 per child, not to exceed $30 per family.  The cost for non-residents is $25 per child not to exceed $75.

The daily admission for residents is $0.75 per person or a family season pass can be bought for $40. Daily admission for non-residents is $1.00 per person. Children under 5 years old will be admitted free with a paid adult.  All persons entering the area will be expected to pay.

To register your child for swimming lessons please bring the form to the F.B. Argue Recreation Area.

Contact the Parks and Recreation Committee at 435-1850 or Forest B Argue Recreation Area at 435-7457 with questions.



Meet Sam the Reading Dog at Josiah Carpenter Library


Congratulations to Canine Good Citizen Sam the Reading Dog!

Sam was evaluated at the Josiah Carpenter Library for the AKC Canine Good Citizen Program. Certified Pet Dog Trainer and Behavior Specialist Laura Chapman, CPDT-KA and CGC evaluator, of Miss Behavior Training (MissBehaviorTraining.com), gave same a passing grade. Test results were mailed to the AKC Canine Good Citizen Program department. When his official certificate arrives, a copy will remain on file at the library, along with his health records, in Sam’s personnel folder.

Sam the Reading Dog will be at Josiah Carpenter Library on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays this Summer.  Sam is looking for special boys and girls to come to the library  to read to him.

Why read to a dog?   A dog won’t say “We’ve read that book already.” A dog won’t say “I don’t like that book.”  A dog won’t correct you every time you make a mistake.  A dog just listens.  The child can relax and have fun.  The more the child  enjoys reading, the more the child will be motivated to read.  Young readers develop reading skills and confidence by reading aloud to dogs in private 20-minute sessions. Research has documented that children participating in such programs improve their reading skills.
“A study this year by researchers at the University of California, Davis confirmed that children who read to Fido really do perform better. Young students who read out loud to dogs improved their reading skills by 12 percent over the course of a 10-week program, while children in the same program who didn’t read to dogs showed no improvement.”



What is required?   Registration is required.  Registration is for ten consecutive weeks. Sign up by phone or at the circulation desks.  Parents may browse upstairs, but may not leave the library while their child is in a Reading Dog session.  There is no fee for this service. Notice of cancellation is required. If appointments are broken without notice, the enrollment in the program is canceled and re-enrollment is required.

When can my child participate?  The Reading Dog will be at the library on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and occasionally on Saturdays.  Appointments are made for one-half hour.  Time is allowed to choose the book or books.  Children are expected to read for twenty-minutes. Sessions must be booked at the minimum of at least one per week over the ten week period.  Multiple appointments per week are encouraged.  There is no limit to the total number of sessions per week.

How does the program work?  Children come to library at the appointed time and to read to our Reading Dog for 20 minutes, one time per week.   At the first session, the child will be photographed with the Reading Dog, and receive their photo at the second session.  After five weekly sessions the child may choose a small prize.  After ten sessions the child receives another small prize and a certificate of completions signed with the Reading Dog’s Paw Print signature.   

Please call the library to make an appointment with Sam or for more information.




Pittsfield Major Boys Suncook Valley League Champions 2011.  Back row: Asst. Coach Steve Manteau; Coach, Jesse Slater; Asst. Coach, Tim Holton. Middle row: Noah MacGlashing, Xenthios Cyr, Austin Duquette, Jesse Slater, Noah Manteau, Tim Holton. Front row: Eli Johnson, Connor Manteau, Casey Clark, Cam Darrah, Bradley Hardwick, Nathan Domenech




Kate Lucia Osborne graduated from Xavier University in Cincinnati Ohio with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing.  Xavier is a Catholic institution in the Jesuit tradition, committed to engaging students intellectually with special attention given to values and ethical issues, preparing them to lead lives of solidarity, services, and success.

On May 13th a pinning and recognition ceremony was held for the graduating nursing students.  That evening, a Baccalaureate Mass was held at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains located in downtown Cincinnati.  The Reverend Michael U. Graham, SJ, president of Xavier University, presided over the Mass.

The 173rd commencement was held May 14th in the Cintas Center, Charles Geschke delivered the commencement address.  Geschke is a Xavier graduate and the cofounder of Adobe Systems.  Kate was fortunate to have her own cheering section from NH!  Making the trip to Cincinnati to celebrate with Katie were Sandy Osborne, Wesley Osborne, Harmony Elliott, Jacob O’Dougherty, Paul and Lucia Metcalf, Jill Metcalf, Roger and Tina Metcalf, Briahnna Metcalf and Karin Provencal.

Kate has received her acceptance to the Masters Family Nurse Practitioner Program at Boston College’s William F. Connell School of Nursing in Boston where she will begin her studies.

Kate was in the first class of Foss Scholars at PMHS.



Pittsfield Youth Athletic Park Stone Wall Completed

By Dan Schroth Piermarocchi


On June 3, 2011 we finished building the remaining wall at the entrance to the new ball fields on Tilton Hill Road in Pittsfield. Building the wall took 24 days over 6 months. We started in November worked until January and returned in April when we could get more rock.

Wall Statistics: Approximately 75 ft. long by 3 ft. tall by 6 ft. thick with a single face substantial heavy cap. It took 2 ½ Ten Wheeler loads of fieldstone from Catamount Mtn. above Jenness Pond; 1 Ten Wheeler plus 2 ½ - Six Wheeler loads of ledge rock dug from Clough Rd. Several trailer loads and many pickup truck loads of fieldstone from Catamount Mtn. and Clough Rd.

Citizens who made this project possible: Charles and Bonnie Humphrey, Ray and Terersa Emerson, Luis and Beth Colon-Pagen, Skip and Margret Weaddick, Town of Pittsfield. All donated rock. Scott Aubertin, Jim Parker, Larry Williams, Thomas Williams, Cody Newton, Brandon Greenwood, Town Road Crew.  All had a hand digging or trucking the rock. Jeffery Ames, Clint Brewster, Mike Brewster, James Schroth, Justin Schroth and Dan Schroth are the Stonemen. Jim Parker and crew offered to clean-up and spread the loam.

There was no shortage of rock, equipment, trucks or lunches for the Stone Crew. Together we placed stones and rock into a work of art. On a scale of One to Ten, Ten being extremely difficult, this wall was a Four.

Many thanks to my good friend, Larry Berkson and the Youth Baseball Association for the opportunity to build this project. Larry, you and all these generous citizens made this stone project possible.



The Rotary Minute


Pittsfield Rotary President Jeremy Yeaton and President Elect Jonathan Ward are pictured with NH.  Rotary District Governor Janice McElroy.  They attended the Annual Rotary District 7870 Conference in Mystic, CT.  They helped celebrate the building of communities and the bridging of continents both locally and internationally.  The shirts signify just one of many bridging of continents between the USA and India.



Letter To The Editor

I will say thank you in advance for your time and space.
I agree with letters I’ve read, on the fireworks.  Was it voted on by all residents in Pittsfield?  If it was, I missed it.  I doubt that, I do not miss too much at my age!  How can a few people have such an impact on our fireworks and balloon rally too.  I’ll bet a nickel to a doughnut that loved ones that have gone before you, loved fireworks!!!  I’ve gone to the cemetery afterwards and not a trace of fireworks or balloons left behind on our loved ones, last resting place.  I believe these "local community members” do not care for fireworks themselves.  So they want to take them away from others that do. For heavens sake we had to vote for a dog to be allowed to come to work with his owner.  Why can’t we the people of Pittsfield vote on our fireworks?

Our tax dollars are plenty high enough we should have the right to voice our opinion. All I can say is it will come back and bite you, somehow.  The only way to avoid disagreements is to stop talking altogether!  That’s not going to happen, but I do say let all of Pittsfield vote on this matter, like they did the dog.

Dorothy Cardin




Thought I would let my friends know all is ok here  at the NH Vet’s Home, and I’m doing fine since I arrived here two years ago. It was a hard decision to make to have to leave my wife of 56 years but we had no choice after talking to my doctor. 

The place is #1 in the country for care.  The staff is great.  I have been to several VFW, Legion, Elks, Rotary and others around the state for breakfast and lunch at several restaurants. 

On Memorial Day, there were 20 residents that went to the services at the Vets cemetery. We had front row seats and shook hands with the Governor and his wife, and Sen. Kelly Ayotte.  After the service we went to the Longhorn Steak House and had a great lunch.  When the staff went to pay, the clerk said the bill was already paid for by an anonymous donator.  We were told the check for lunch was over $400.00. You would be surprised if you knew how much the veterans get from people and organizations from all over the state.  I have been picked to go to the Weirs to spend the day for  a cookout and see motorcycles.  The Home pays for all our bus trips. 

My best to all.
Albert Riel




Dear Pittsfield residents:
The Planning Board met on June 2nd and discussed:

1. Zoning Ordinance Article 16-Parking Requirements:
• A formula for reduction of parking requirements in the commercial district was decided on based on floor area.

2.  14 Depot Street:
• A letter to the Board of Selectmen was discussed and approved.

• This letter explained the opinion of the Planning Board that the Board of Selectmen has primary responsibility to enforce the zoning ordinance regulation in regards to open cellar holes at 14 Depot Street.

• It asks that the Board of Selectmen confirm whether or not 14 Depot Street is still grandfathered.  The Planning Board’s view is that the Planning Board has no jurisdiction to determine that.

• Next meeting the Board hopes to finalize all parking issues and set Article 16 aside for next March ballot.

As always, the planning Board appreciates your interest and hopes you will direct concerns, questions and comments to the Planning Board blog: Pittsfield-NH.com/Planning.

Thank you,
Ted Mitchell




Jeannette M. (Visconti) Carpenter

Jeannette M. (Visconti) Carpenter, 79, of Haverhill, and formerly of Milford, MA, died Thursday, June 9, 2011, at the Baker-Katz Nursing Home, Haverhill, MA.

Born in the Jamaica Plains neighborhood of Boston, MA, she was the daughter of Vincent J. and Philomena (Melchionne) Visconti.  She attended school in Boston and Commerce High School in New York City. 

While residing in Milford, Mrs. Carpenter worked as a shoe stitcher for the Milford Shoe Company and she did private housekeeping for local families for many years.   She was an avid artist who enjoyed painting in oils.

The wife of the late Ernest Carpenter, she is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Vincent C. and Linda Watts of Pittsfield, NH; two daughters and son-in-law, Jeannette M. and John Woolf of Haverhill and Angelina Malin of Peabody; a brother and sister-in-law, Vincent J. and Frances Visconti of Wilmington, DE; a sister, Helen Curren of Haines City, FL; nine grandchildren, Johnny Woolf, Alfred Woolf, Mary Carco, Rocky Tobin, William Tobin, Estelle Tobin, Christopher Watts, Nicholas Watts and Tanya Watts; and twenty-seven great grandchildren.

There will be no calling hours.  A graveside service will be held on Saturday, August 20, 2011, at the Floral Park Cemetery in Pittsfield, NH.  Memorial donations may be made to the American Lung Association, 460 Totten Pond Rd., Suite 400, Waltham, MA 02451-1991.  Arrangements are under the direction of Berube-Comeau Funeral Home, 47 Broadway, Haverhill, MA.



Flora Mae Perkins

Flora Mae Perkins, age 99 of Fayetteville, Georgia died June 12, 2011.  Mrs. Perkins was born April 18, 1912 to William and Pearl Ide. She was the second of six children and was raised in West Swanzy, New Hampshire. She went on to become a graduate of Keene and Keene Normal School.

Mrs. Perkins began teaching in Barnstead, NH at the age of 18. She married Robert E. Perkins and lived in Loudon, NH. After her husband’s death she moved to Pittsfield, NH  continued to teach school and became an active member in her town. After moving to Georgia she became a substitute teacher for the Fayette Elementary Schools for many years and truly loved the children. After retirement she lived with her daughter in Fayetteville for 35 years.

Mrs. Perkins was preceded in death by her husband; daughter Patricia Zemlack; sisters Virginia Emery and Anita Ide; brothers Philip and Arthur Ide. She is survived by her daughter Martha and her husband Jerry Ramsey of Fayetteville; grandchildren Robert and Carol Gates of Barnstead, NH, Sidnie and R.J. Audet of Chittenden, VT, Dale Ramsey of Phoenix, AZ, David and Gina Ramsey of Fayetteville and Britta and Bill Kratchoff of Fayetteville; great-grandchildren Gideon and Sonni Gates of CA, Solomon and Dasha Gates of Raymond, NH, Nicole Ramsey of Statesboro, GA and Abby Ramsey of Fayetteville; great-great grandchildren Cyrus, Elias, Malachi and Isaiah; sister Muriel Morrison of Lake Placid, NY. Funeral services will be held in the Chapel of the Carl J. Mowell and Son Funeral Home, Fayetteville on Wednesday, June 15, 2011 at 3 PM. Reverend Glenn Stringham will officiate. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 2 PM to the time of service. Cremation will be private. Memorials can be made in Mrs. Perkins honor to Embracing Hospice or Keene State College, Keene, NH.



Gladys Althea Forbes

Gladys Althea Forbes, 95, of the Rochester Manor, died June 14th at the Frisbee Memorial Hospital following a brief illness. She was born in Pittsfield, the daughter of Lewis and Anna (Paine) Forbes. She lived in Pittsfield for many years. She was employed as a secretary for the Pittsfield Weaving Co. for many years. She served as a Wave in the Navy briefly during WWII and contributed to many Veterans groups. She was a good cook and loved to garden and was known to be a very generous person.

She is survived by 3 nieces, Mrs. Linda Jacques of So. Berwick, ME., Ms Heidi Gates of Cape Neddick, ME. and Mrs. Candice Salter of Harpers Ferry, WV. Several great nieces and nephews and great, great nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, a brother Lewis A. Forbes, a sister Doris O’Barton, a sister Frances Gates, a sister Phyllis Salter and several nieces and nephews.

Donations in her memory may be made to the NH Veterans Home, 139 Winter St. Tilton, NH 03276.

Perkins & Pollard Memorial Home, Pittsfield, is assisting with arrangements.













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